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  • Trent Richardson on the roster bubble
    ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson says Trent Richardson is on the roster bubble.

    Advice: Despite getting $600,000 guaranteed in the two-year deal he signed in March, Richardson appears to be in real danger of losing his job to undrafted rookie Michael Dyer. Richardson has just 23 yards on 10 preseason carries. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.80 (2599th)
     
  • Devonta Freeman not expected to play Saturday
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure said RB Devonta Freeman (hamstring) is unlikely to play in the third preseason game Saturday.

    Advice: Freeman returned to practice last week, so it is a bit concerning he is not healthy enough to play. Rookie Tevin Coleman (hamstring) is expected to play. He could put distance between himself and Freeman in the running back competition with a strong showing. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.88 (74th)
     
  • Denard Robinson has a chance to start?
    ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco said RB Denard Robinson has a chance to open the season as the starter.

    Advice: DiRocco has consistently questioned rookie T.J Yeldon's early-season workload this offseason, but this one seems unlikely. The Jaguars used Yeldon as a three-down back in his first preseason action with Robinson filling in as a change-of-pace option. Robinson has played well, but Yeldon has much more upside. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.76 (218th)
     
  • James White plays just two snaps Friday night
    Patriots RB James White played just two snaps in the third preseason game.

    Advice: White did not record a statistic. After opening the preseason as the favorite for the Patriots' third-down job, White appears to have fallen behind Brandon Bolden and Dion Lewis on the depth chart. White had a similar trajectory last offseason, dazzling in OTAs before disappearing when the pads came on. White could still earn a role in the offense, but he is running out of time. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.16 (161st)
     
  • Chris Johnson could play on Sunday
    Chris Johnson (hamstring) has not been ruled out for Sunday's preseason game.

    Advice: Johnson returned to practice on Friday, but he was very limited. Johnson will test his hamstring with the trainer before the game to determine his status. Arizona could decide to play it safe with their new running back, but with the first-team unlikely to play much if at all in the fourth preseason game, this might be the last chance to get Johnson run with the starters before the regular season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Zach Zenner's roster spot 'should be assured'
    MLive's Kyle Meinke said Lions RB Zach Zenner's roster spot "should be assured."

    Advice: Zenner shined once again in the Lions' third preseason game, putting up 85 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. He even saw work with the first-team offense. Zenner is battling George Winn for a roster spot, though Detroit could decide to keep both as insurance on Joique Bell's (knee, Achilles) health. Zenner has two total touchdowns and 222 total yards in three preseason games. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • Dion Lewis totals 32 yards and a touchdown
    Patriots RB Dion Lewis rushed three times for 12 yards and caught four passes for 20 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' third preseason game.

    Advice: Jimmy Garoppolo hit Lewis on a slant in the fourth quarter for a nine-yard touchdown. The diminutive running back was split out wide right on the play, and has lined up in various spots this preseason. Lewis did not get any run until the second half, but he once again made use of his playing time. He now has 80 total yards and two touchdowns in two preseason games. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2055th)
     
  • Patriots FB James Develin suffers broken leg
    Patriots FB James Develin suffered a broken tibia in the team's third preseason game.

    Advice: The injury was originally feared to be an Achilles injury. While the broken tibia diagnosis is better, it will still sideline Develin 6-8 weeks and perhaps knock him out for the whole season. The Patriots do not have another fullback on the roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.39 (2626th)
     
  • Knile Davis has quiet night behind Charles
    Knile Davis had two catches for 17 yards in Kansas City's third preseason game.

    Advice: Davis played behind Jamaal Charles, but didn't have any carries. Charcandrick West also worked with the first team and finished as the Chiefs leading rusher. Davis remains the top handcuff to Charles. Through three preseason games, Davis has 15 carries for 52 yards (3.46 YPC). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.83 (210th)
     
  • Antonio Andrews vultures goal-line TD
    Antonio Andrews had a two-yard touchdown in Tennessee's third preseason game.

    Advice: With David Cobb sitting out, the Titans used Andrews as a short-yardage complement to Bishop Sankey. He mixed in with the first team, vulturing a goal-line touchdown. Andrews has 10 carries for 39 yards and two touchdowns through three preseason games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.39 (2625th)
     
  • Riddick does little in third preseason game
    Theo Riddick had one carry for three yards in Detroit's third preseason game.

    Advice: Ameer Abdullah started, but Riddick mixed in with the first team. He added one catch for six yards on his lone target. With Joique Bell expected to be ready for Week 1, Riddick doesn't project to have a role in the Lions offense. Riddick has 12 carries for 42 yards through three preseason games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.31 (2518th)
     
  • Zenner works with 1s, posts 8-85-1 stat line
    Zach Zenner rushed eight times for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' third preseason game.

    Advice: The highly impressive undrafted rookie dominated in this one, playing extensively with the first-team offense in the Joique Bell role, while Ameer Abdullah mixed in. Zenner ripped off eight yards on his first carry, and six on the next before breaking off scampers of 41 and 21 yards, flashing his long-run ability. Zenner also made a tackle in punt coverage, and has locked up a 53-man roster spot as arguably the star player of the Lions' preseason. Through three exhibition contests, Zenner has 162 yards on 25 carries (6.48 YPC) and tonight's three-yard touchdown, plus a 6-60-1 receiving line. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • LeGarrette Blount plays with second team
    LeGarrette Blount had seven carries for 29 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game.

    Advice: While Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden shared time with the Tom Brady group, Blount was the lead back when Jimmy Garoppolo entered to begin the second half. It's possible Blount played with Garoppolo in anticipation of them opening the season together. Knowing Bill Belichick, it's also possible the Patriots' tailback position has been opened to competition, and Blount is getting pushed by Gray. We don't anticipate any of the Pats' backs truly being trustworthy in re-draft leagues this year, but we do still believe Blount has the best shot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2040th)
     
  • D. Robinson works as Jaguars No. 2 back
    Denard Robinson rushed three times for seven yards and caught two passes for 29 yards in the Jaguars' third preseason game.

    Advice: Robinson was the Jaguars' No. 2 back in this one, mixing in with the first-team offense behind T.J. Yeldon, who operated as an every-down back. Robinson handled a drive to himself, but was pulled at the goal line for Yeldon, who plunged in from two yards out. Robinson is ticketed for change-of-pace duties in the Jaguars' offense. He's a low-ceiling handcuff for Yeldon owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:39 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.76 (218th)
     
  • Artis-Payne continues to work as CAR No. 2 RB
    Cameron Artis-Payne rushed six times for 15 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game.

    Advice: The fifth-round rookie mixed in with the ones after Jonathan Stewart exited. Artis-Payne has secured the Panthers' No. 2 tailback job and is a worthwhile handcuff for Stewart owners. Through three preseason contests, Artis-Payne has piled up 72 yards on 18 carries (4.0 YPC) with two short receptions. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.73 (2402nd)
     
  • Abdullah gets 4 touches in preseason game
    Ameer Abdullah rushed three times for eight yards and caught a 21-yard pass in the Lions' third preseason game.

    Advice: Abdullah made his mark on a 21-yard screen play in this game, though over Detroit's last two exhibition contests he's managed just 15 yards on five carries. Still, Abdullah is entrenched as a first-team player in the Lions' offense, even if he's going to be spelled by Joique Bell and/or impressive UDFA Zach Zenner. In fantasy drafts, treat Abdullah as a flex play with upside for much more as the season moves along. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.83 (104th)
     
  • James Develin carted off
    Patriots FB James Develin was carted off the field with a leg injury in Friday night's preseason game.

    Advice: It's feared, initially at least, to be an Achilles' injury, though the secretive Pats only announced it as a "leg" ailment. After the Patriots cut Eric Kettani this past week, Develin is the lone fullback on the roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.39 (2626th)
     
  • Yeldon starts, works as Jags every-down back
    T.J. Yeldon rushed eight times for ten yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for 12 yards in the Jaguars' third preseason game.

    Advice: Making his preseason debut after a finger injury cost him the first two exhibition games, Yeldon got the start over Denard Robinson. Yeldon also stayed in on all third-down plays, operating as Jacksonville's every-down back and also getting back-to-back goal-line carries in the first quarter. Even when Robinson handled a first-half drive, Yeldon was inserted at the goal line and scored from two yards out. Yeldon's highlight play came on a third-down reception that moved the sticks, gaining 12 yards. This was precisely the kind of usage we were hoping to see from Jacksonville's versatile second-round pick. Yeldon is worth targeting as a top-25 back in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.69 (80th)
     
  • Bolden works as Pats 1st-team third-down back
    Brandon Bolden gained 12 yards on five carries in the Patriots' third preseason game.

    Advice: More than the pedestrian stats, it was notable that Bolden worked as the primary passing-down back with the Tom Brady group. Bolden and Jonas Gray shared the backfield with Brady under center, as Gray handled inside runs and Bolden worked in the old Vereen Role. Bolden has emerged as the favorite for those duties, ahead of Travaris Cadet, James White, and Dion Lewis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.37 (2578th)
     
  • Jamaal Charles held to five touches vs Titans
    Jamaal Charles had three carries for 26 yards in Kansas City's third preseason game.

    Advice: He added two catches for 15 yards. The Chiefs barely played Charles this preseason in an effort to keep him healthy. He remains a strong bet for 250-plus touches as the centerpiece of Kansas City's offense. Charles should be drafted a top-five fantasy pick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.52 (19th)
     
  • J-Stew: 7-12 rushing in preseason game
    Jonathan Stewart managed 12 yards on seven carries in the Panthers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Stewart didn't get much room between the tackles, but broke outside for 11 yards on a late first-quarter run to get Carolina in scoring position. Stewart operated as the Panthers' every-down back with the Cam Newton offense, and will open the season as a true bellcow. Stewart belongs in the fourth round of 12-team drafts. Cuff him with rookie Cameron Artis-Payne. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:52 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.13 (60th)
     
  • Jonas Gray starts preseason game over Blount
    Jonas Gray managed 11 yards on five carries in the Patriots' third preseason game.

    Advice: Gray got the start over LeGarrette Blount, who is healthy and played in New England's last preseason game. Blount didn't enter tonight until Jimmy Garoppolo came in to start the second half. Although he got no help from New England's offensive line, Gray was stacked up on his carries aside from one run that gained nine yards. The takeaway is that Gray appears to be very much in the mix for carries in New England's backfield. Gray should be the Pats' lead back in Week 1 against the Steelers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:49 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.85 (51st)
     
  • Bishop Sankey: 6-17 against the Chiefs
    Bishop Sankey managed 17 yards on six carries in the Titans' third preseason game.

    Advice: He's at 77 yards on 20 runs (3.85 YPC) through three exhibition weeks. Sankey shared the backfield with Antonio Andrews to open the game, while David Cobb (calf) was scratched. Sankey fumbled in the first quarter, but the ball was recovered by rookie RT Jeremiah Poutasi. Another bad sign came when Andrews vultured a two-yard touchdown; Sankey doesn't profile well as a goal-line back, limiting his scoring ceiling if those runs are going to go to Andrews or Cobb this year. Sankey remains a capped-upside committee back on a what's likely to be a losing Titans team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.48 (120th)
     
  • Chris Johnson returns to Cardinals practice
    Chris Johnson (hamstring) returned to Cardinals practice on Friday.

    Advice: Johnson should be all systems go moving forward. He's competing for playing time in Arizona's backfield with David Johnson and Andre Ellington. We suspect Ellington will open the season as the Cardinals' lead back, but the coaching staff may ultimately opt to "ride the hot hand" in committee fashion. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Chargers RBs coach praises Gordon's pass pro
    Chargers RBs coach Ollie Wilson said Melvin Gordon's pass-protection concerns are overblown.

    Advice: "When he matches up, he’ll put his head in and strike somebody," Wilson said. "He’s a big-bodied guy, and he’s long, so he keeps people off of him. I don’t see what people say, that he won’t pass protect. I’ve had no problem with it." Gordon didn't pass protect much in college, and has reportedly been hit-and-miss in that area this summer. But the Chargers don't seem concerned. Gordon will be an early-down workhorse for the Bolts, but Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will more than likely handle all of the pass-game work. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.62 (65th)
     
  • Cobb (calf) to miss Titans 3rd preseason game
    Titans rookie RB David Cobb suffered a calf injury and didn't travel with the team for Friday's third preseason game.

    Advice: Cobb is missing a big opportunity in the Titans' regular-season dress rehearsal against the Chiefs. After Bishop Sankey's big game against the Rams last week, he appears to have taken a couple steps ahead of Cobb on the depth chart. If he can tie another solid effort onto it tonight, Sankey will have a clear path to the starting job for Week 1. Cobb has become a mere late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.46 (1971st)
     
  • Ivory had best camp, 'primed for career year'
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes Chris Ivory is "primed for a career year."

    Advice: Cimini says 27-year-old Ivory has had his best camp in three years with the Jets and has clearly worked on his pass-game chops. Ivory is the crystal-clear lead dog in the Jets' backfield and could see "about 20 touches per week" with 3-4 looks in the passing game. Not only is Ivory the favorite for early-down duties between the 20s, he also has a stranglehold on goal-line work. Deservedly, Ivory's ADP has soared three full rounds into the fifth since the start of August. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.40 (67th)
     
  • Andre Williams to be Giants' goal-line back?
    ESPN's Dan Graziano believes Andre Williams has "the best shot" at getting the goal-line work for the Giants.

    Advice: Williams was pretty unimpressive as a rookie, but if he had success with anything, it was capitalization near the goal line with six touchdowns. He worked on his all-around game in the offseason, and Rashad Jennings has failed to stand out much this summer. Jennings and Shane Vereen will have roles, but Williams could have the most important one in the red zone. He makes for a fine dart-throw at the running back spot currently going in the 12th round of drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:09 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.69 (223rd)
     
  • Cowboys still expected to use RBBC approach
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports no running back has separated himself at Cowboys camp, and the expectation is Dallas uses a committee approach.

    Advice: All three of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar bring something different to the table. Randle and McFadden rely on quickness and speed, while Dunbar probably has the clearest path to an actual cemented role on offense as a "perfect fit" for the change-of-pace job. Randle is still the favorite to open the season as lead dog, but the Cowboys may rotate these guys in and out. Randle continues to have a far-too-rich-for-our-tastes third-round ADP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • CJ?K expected to make 53-man roster
    NFL.com reports Chris Johnson is expected to make the Cardinals' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Andie Hagemann reports CJ?K has "made a positive impression on his new teammates overall," and that he'll eventually "share the workload behind starter Andre Ellington." Johnson does seem likely to make the roster as veteran insurance for a young, injury prone running back corps, but David Johnson could send CJ to No. 3 status with another big game this weekend. CJ is missing Arizona's regular season dress rehearsal with a hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Abdullah fine with running back by committee
    Lions rookie RB Ameer Abdullah said he has no problem being in a running back by committee.

    Advice: "There's certain things necessary to get that team [to the playoffs]," Abdullah said, "and if that's to be a running back team by committee, I'm going to be that guy. And when I'm in, I'm going to make sure I make an impact." Abdullah will likely open the season in a timeshare with Joique Bell (knee, Achilles'), though that is not certain to remain the case. Bell started slow last year coming off a similarly unhealthy offseason. If that happens again, Abdullah has the talent to run away with the job. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.83 (104th)
     
  • Ivory: I've been working more in passing game
    Chris Ivory says he's been doing a "lot more" in the passing game this summer.

    Advice: "We did the same stuff with the last coordinator, but the ball wasn't getting to me as much," Ivory said. "Now it's getting to me more. Now, I guess, people can see I can catch the ball." Coach Todd Bowles has been impressed with Ivory's camp. "I knew he was a good player, (but) I didn't know he was as fast as he was," Bowles said. "He's got very good feet. Chris has got very good quickness." Ivory is never going to be Darren Sproles, but even a tiny uptick in receptions could put him squarely on the RB2 radar. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:13 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.40 (67th)
     
  • Gordon in line for 'ample' carries vs. SEA
    Melvin Gordon (ankle) is expected to get "ample" carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks.

    Advice: Gordon missed last week's game with an ankle issue after taking the rock six times for 11 yards in San Diego's exhibition opener. Gordon is locked in as the Bolts' early-down banger, and is an RB2 in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.62 (65th)
     
  • Williams has a chance to overtake Jennings
    ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes "it's not out of the question" that Andre Williams overtakes Rashad Jennings on the depth chart this season.

    Advice: Graziano added that a change could perhaps even happen prior to the regular season. Williams has been working on his hands and patience this offseason, and that work has apparently showed up on the practice field. With Jennings nonexistent in the second preseason game, it is time to take Williams' reported climb up the depth chart seriously. Williams is a great flier in the 12th round, and Jennings has become a risky selection in the sixth. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.69 (223rd)
     
  • Chris Johnson injury less than expected
    Coach Bruce Arians has upgraded Chris Johnson's (hamstring) injury outlook to "day to day."

    Advice: The Cardinals originally feared Johnson's hamstring injury would sideline him 1-2 weeks. Johnson needs to get healthy just to hold off rookie David Johnson for the No. 2 back job behind Andre Ellington. David had a big second preseason week, showing well on traditional carries and catching two balls. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Randle admits he is still in a competition
    Joseph Randle admitted there is still a battle for snaps in the Cowboys' backfield.

    Advice: Darren McFadden started the second preseason game, gaining just four yards on three attempts. Lance Dunbar worked with the first-team offense as the passing down back, catching two passes for three yards. Randle had the best night of the three, but he did not see his first carry until after Tony Romo left the field. The Cowboys could have been sending a message to Randle by limiting his first-team reps, but his usage against the 49ers suggests Randle's hold on the starting job is tenuous at best. He is a risky pick in the third round. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Dion Lewis plays 29 snaps against Saints
    Patriots RB Dion Lewis played 29 snaps in Saturday night's preseason game against the Saints.

    Advice: James White saw two more snaps than Lewis, but Lewis saw almost all his work in the first half while White saw just three snaps. "I thought Dion did a good job with his opportunities," coach Bill Belichick said. "He's had a solid spring and camp for us. He missed a few days there [because of injury], but I thought he ran well." The oft-injured Lewis has always had an interesting skill set, and it appears he is a serious candidate for the Pats' third-down job. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2055th)
     
  • T.J. Yeldon will work with first-team offense
    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said rookie RB T.J. Yeldon will work with the first-team offense in the team's third preseason game.

    Advice: Yeldon was held out of the team's first two preseason games with a sprained finger, but he is expected to play in the regular season dress rehearsal. There have been reports Yeldon may start the season on the wrong side of a timeshare with Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart, but those concerns could be put to bed if Yeldon plays extensively with the ones in the third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.69 (80th)
     
  • Sankey shines as Titans RB battle rages on
    Bishop Sankey rushed six times for 45 yards in the Titans' second preseason game Sunday night.

    Advice: Sankey showed niftiness and burst against the Rams' first-team defense before giving way to rookie David Cobb. Through two exhibition weeks, Sankey has 60 yards on 14 runs (4.29 YPC). Although those covering the team anticipate Cobb ending up with more carries, Sankey continues to hog starter's reps and has operated as the Titans' lead back in each of the first two preseason games. Cobb did mix in with the ones after Sankey was done for the night against St. Louis, but Sankey ultimately outplayed him. This backfield has RBBC written all over it. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:45 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.48 (120th)
     
  • Joseph Randle plays in 2nd preseason game
    Updating a previous item, Joseph Randle did play in the Cowboys' second preseason game on Sunday night.

    Advice: It was reported Randle would be inactive due to his recurring oblique strain, but the third-year back got in some work off the bench. Randle played behind Darren McFadden, rushing seven times for 30 yards. McFadden started and managed four yards on three rushing attempts. So long as Randle can stay healthy, he'll remain the favorite for lead back work in Dallas. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Cowboys hold Randle out of 2nd preseason game
    Joseph Randle (oblique) is sitting out Dallas' second preseason game.

    Advice: Darren McFadden will start. Randle's injury has been flaring up the past couple of weeks. While it's not a long-term concern, the injury is a reminder of Randle's extremely-limited NFL track record. Randle has just 105 career carries through two NFL seasons, yet his ADP is currently in the middle of the third round. He played four snaps in Dallas' two playoff games last January. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • CJ2K out a week or two with pulled hamstring
    Chris Johnson will miss a week or two with a pulled hamstring.

    Advice: He suffered the injury at Thursday's practice and could be sidelined for the remainder of Arizona's preseason slate. It's been a tough offseason for Johnson, who was injured in a drive-by shooting and didn't sign with a team until August. He's hoping to be the Cards' No. 2 back behind starter Andre Ellington. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Trent Richardson again fails to shine
    Trent Richardson rushed five times for five yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.

    Advice: T-Rich has just 23 yards on 10 preseason carries (2.3 YPC). His roster odds are hanging on for dear life. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.80 (2599th)
     
  • James White leads Pats with 23 rushing yards
    James White led the Patriots with 23 rushing yards in Saturday's preseason win against the Saints.

    Advice: White started New England's comeback with a three-yard touchdown to open the fourth quarter. He also made his presence felt in the passing game with a 20-yard catch on his only target of the night. White is a candidate to replace Shane Vereen on passing downs, though he faces stiff competition from Travaris Cadet and Brandon Bolden. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.16 (161st)
     
  • Blount struggles in victory over Saints
    LeGarrette Blount totaled just 15 yards on 13 carries in Saturday's preseason win over the Saints.

    Advice: Blount was held out of last week's preseason opener with a knee injury and was understandably rusty on Saturday. His longest gain went for six yards. Despite the poor outing, Blount is still New England's unquestioned workhorse and the favorite for goal line carries. We'll see if he can bounce back in next week's dress rehearsal against the Panthers. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2040th)
     
  • Shoelace gets seven touches versus Giants
    Denard Robinson rushed six times for 19 yards and also secured one catch for seven yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

    Advice: Robinson was met by brick walls on most of his carries. His longest gain went for just seven yards. It looked like he had a sure touchdown at one point but Blake Bortles didn't put enough mustard on the throw and Jon Beason swatted it away at the last second. Robinson enjoyed a few weeks of fantasy success last year but a repeat performance is unlikely now that T.J. Yeldon is carrying the mail. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.76 (218th)
     
  • Cameron Artis-Payne works as No. 2 back
    Fifth-round RB Cameron Artis-Payne had four carries for 33 yards in Carolina's second preseason game.

    Advice: Artis-Payne was the No. 2 back through the rotation after playing behind Fozzy Whittaker in the preseason opener. He got some work with the first team, showing good pass protection on a first-quarter blitz pickup. Artis-Payne's highlight was a 29-yard run on Carolina's fourth drive. Artis-Payne should be owned as a handcuff to injury-prone Jonathan Stewart. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.73 (2402nd)
     
  • Cameron Artis-Payne having strong camp
    Fifth-round RB Cameron Artis-Payne is having a strong training camp.

    Advice: Artis-Payne played with the third team in the preseason opener, but is fully expected to unseat Fozzy Whittaker before Week 1. He remains the preferred handcuff to Jonathan Stewart. Artis-Payne doesn’t project to make a change-of-pace impact. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.73 (2402nd)
     
  • T.J. Yeldon officially ruled out
    T.J. Yeldon (sprained finger) has been ruled out for Jacksonville's second preseason game.

    Advice: Yeldon is practicing on a limited basis, but remains day to day. The Jaguars are taking a cautious approach with him. Yeldon should make his debut in next week's dress rehearsal. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.69 (80th)
     
  • Cobb expected to get more work than Sankey
    ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky expects David Cobb to finish the season with more carries than Bishop Sankey.

    Advice: Kuharsky cautions that Sankey, Dexter McCluster and even Antonio Andrews and Jalston Fowler will get work too, but he thinks Cobb will be the lead back. Cobb is expected to get an extended look in the second preseason game, and could jump Sankey on the depth chart as early as this week. Cobb is worth a shot in the eighth round. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.46 (1971st)
     
  • Zach Zenner focusing on special teams plays
    Lions RB Zach Zenner said he wants to "make an impact on special teams."

    Advice: Showing well on special teams would go a long way to securing Zenner a spot on the final roster. George Winn, Zenner's main competition for a roster spot, is an important special teams player for the Lions. If Zenner hopes to beat him out, he needs to show he can be useful in more than just the backfield. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • Freeman and Coleman 'getting close'
    Falcons coach Dan Quinn said RBs Devonta Freeman (hamstring) and Tevin Coleman (hamstring) are "getting close" to returning.

    Advice: Both players returned to practice this week, but they were held out of the second preseason game. Barring any setbacks, both should get carries during the regular season dress rehearsal. With not much time left to separate themselves, Freeman and Coleman look poised to open the season as a running back by committee. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.88 (74th)
     
  • Jamaal Charles goes 3-7 against Seahawks
    Jamaal Charles caught three passes for seven yards in the Chiefs' second preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: He didn't receive a carry, resting while Knile Davis took the beating. Although it didn't result in many yards, it was nice to see Charles heavily involved in the Chiefs' screen game. His receiving usage dipped sharply last year, battling an early-season high ankle sprain and never fully getting going there after leading all NFL running backs in pass-game targets the season before. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.52 (19th)
     
  • Knile Davis gets 13 touches in preseason game
    Knile Davis rushed 11 times for 29 yards and caught two passes for six yards in the Chiefs' second preseason game.

    Advice: The Chiefs didn't give Jamaal Charles much run for precautionary reasons, so Davis operated as an every-down back with the first-team offense. He had very little room to run behind one of the league's weaker offensive lines, while facing Seattle's stout defensive front. Through two exhibition games, Davis has 52 yards on 15 carries. He is an elite handcuff worth drafting in the tenth through twelfth rounds of 12-team leagues, even by non-Charles owners. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.83 (210th)
     
  • Ivory racks up 56 total yards and a score
    Chris Ivory rushed five times for 36 yards and a touchdown and gained 20 yards on three receptions against the Falcons Friday night.

    Advice: Ivory was having a poor night on the ground before busting a 33-yard touchdown on his final carry of the game. The real story is Ivory's involvement in the passing game. After catching just 18 passes total last season, Ivory had three receptions in basically a quarter and a half on Friday night. The receptions were all dump offs, and Bilal Powell still came in on most of the obvious passing situations. Still, this game is decent evidence the Jets' talk of getting Ivory more involved in the passing game this season might be legitimate. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.40 (67th)
     
  • Melvin Gordon to miss preseason game
    Melvin Gordon (ankle) will miss the Chargers' second preseason game.

    Advice: Gordon has resumed practicing after a "minor" ankle injury, but the Chargers are opting to play it safe instead. Expect Branden Oliver and Donald Brown to get longer looks against the Cardinals. Coach Mike McCoy insisted Gordon would be ready to go were Saturday's contest a regular season affair. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.62 (65th)
     
  • Joseph Randle returns to practice
    Joseph Randle (oblique) returned to Cowboys practice Friday.

    Advice: He took first-team reps. Randle's oblique has become a recurring concern, but isn't a significant injury. Randle remains Dallas' best option at lead back, but he's expected to lose touches to Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Beat writer leaves Zenner off 53-man roster
    MLive.com's Kyle Meinke left undrafted rookie RB Zach Zenner off his Lions 53-man roster projection Friday morning.

    Advice: Meinke's colleague and fellow Lions beat writer, Justin Rogers, however, has Zenner making the squad. It's really going to come down to if the Lions value George Winn's special teams ability over Zenner's feature-back upside. Zenner leads the Lions in rushing after two preseason games and has flashed as a runner, pass catcher, and in blitz pickup. He'd be awfully tough to cut. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • Cowboys RB Randle aggravates oblique injury
    Joseph Randle is doubtful for Sunday's preseason game after aggravating his oblique injury in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Randle is now in a race against time to get cleared for Dallas' third preseason game, where depth charts are traditionally finalized. "It’s the same thing I had earlier," Randle said. "It flared up on me again. ... It’s just something we have to keep fighting through." Randle's absence comes just as Darren McFadden (hamstring) is finally healthy enough to get reps with the first team. Randle is an extremely risky investment at his current third- to fourth-round ADP. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Zenner totals 81 yards, score vs. Redskins
    Zach Zenner rushed four times for 22 yards in Thursday's preseason game, adding five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

    Advice: The undrafted rookie out of South Dakota State continues his march toward a roster spot. Zenner could have had an even bigger night, but had a 39-yard run called back by a holding penalty. Zenner doesn't mess around, getting the ball and moving. He now has 136 total yards on just 22 touches through two preseason games. Zenner could really make a case for himself in next week's regular season dress rehearsal against the Jaguars. Keep him stashed in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:13 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • Theo Riddick totals 13 yards vs. Redskins
    Theo Riddick rushed three times for four yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins, adding a nine-yard reception.

    Advice: Riddick again got the "start" in place of Joique Bell, but alternated reps with Ameer Abdullah. Neither player was in the game long as the Lions used their first-team offense sparingly. Riddick may be technically ahead of Abdullah on the depth chart, but the second-round rookie is the heavy favorite to complement Bell, and perhaps supplant him, in Week 1. Riddick is a fringe consideration in deeper PPR leagues. He has 11 carries for 39 yards through two exhibition contests. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.31 (2518th)
     
  • Abdullah gets only two carries vs. 'Skins
    Ameer Abdullah rushed twice for seven yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins.

    Advice: Theo Riddick again got the "start" in place of Joique Bell, but Abdullah was featured on the first drive. Neither player was in the game for long, as Matthew Stafford played just two series. Abdullah has been impressive all offseason, including last week's preseason opener. He has 74 yards on just nine exhibition carries (8.2 yards per carry). He's going to have a big Week 1 role. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:31 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.83 (104th)
     
  • Melvin Gordon back at practice Thursday
    Melvin Gordon (ankle) returned to Chargers practice Thursday.

    Advice: He's now on track to suit up for Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals. Ideally Gordon would get 6-8 touches after a shaky performance in San Diego's exhibition opener. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.62 (65th)
     
  • David Cobb will get an extended look Sunday
    Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said rookie RB David Cobb will get an extended look in the second preseason game.

    Advice: After putting on a show with the backups, the Titans will likely give Cobb a chance to show what he can do with the first-team offense. After Bishop Sankey struggled mightily in the preseason opener, a good showing by Cobb could put him on the right side of Tennessee's likely backfield committee. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.46 (1971st)
     
  • Palmer: CJ?K a 'really, really good fit'
    Carson Palmer called newly-signed RB Chris Johnson a "really, really good fit" for the Cardinals' offense.

    Advice: "This is the kind of scheme that he can get put in certain situations where he has a mismatch," Palmer said. "We have a bunch of guys outside you’ve got to worry about and you’ve got to worry about him splitting the gap and taking it all the way." Palmer may be giving the aging Johnson too much big-play credit. Johnson has just nine runs of 20-plus yards the last two seasons and has zero of more than 50 yards. Still, this is another indication Johnson will be given a real shot to earn carries in the Cardinals' backfield. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Melvin Gordon (ankle) may miss preseason game
    Melvin Gordon may not play in the Chargers' second exhibition game due to a "minor" ankle injury.

    Advice: The injury doesn't sound like a significant concern, but it's a lost opportunity following Gordon's underwhelming, six-carry, 11-yard preseason debut. We've noticed Gordon's ADP sinking recently, from the third round often deep into the fourth. He could end up being a terrific value at the reduced cost. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.62 (65th)
     
  • Chargers planning heavy workload for Gordon
    OC Frank Reich confirmed the Chargers want to be more run-balanced with first-round pick Melvin Gordon.

    Advice: "I want to run it as much as we can," Reich said. "When you have a guy like Melvin, you want to run at least 25 times in a game." The Chargers had a 60:40 pass/run ratio with Branden Oliver and Ryan Mathews last year. They project to be more run-committed with Gordon and a healthy Danny Woodhead. Gordon is still getting acclimated to zone blocking after playing in Wisconsin's power scheme, but has the upside for 250-plus touches. Sources tell Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei it’s "not unreasonable to think" Gordon will average 20 carries per week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.62 (65th)
     
  • Titans GM speaks highly of rookie RB Cobb
    Titans GM Ruston Webster mentioned fifth-round RB David Cobb as a player who's stood out at training camp.

    Advice: "Cobb has kind of shown what we saw from him at the Senior Bowl and in college, his ability to run the football, his vision and his feet," Webster said. "If he continues along that path he can help us." Beat writers have also been impressed with Cobb's ability to run the ball and hit the right hole in practices. Cobb averaged nearly five yards per carry in the preseason opener, while "starter" Bishop Sankey couldn't crack 2.0 YPC. Cobb is expected to get a longer look with the first-team offense this weekend against the Rams. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.46 (1971st)
     
  • Arians indicates RB job open to competition
    Coach Bruce Arians "left open the possibility" that Chris Johnson could emerge as the Cardinals' "featured tailback."

    Advice: Arians also suggested Johnson could play himself off the roster, but he certainly sounds open to utilizing Johnson heavily if it's warranted. "If he wins it," said Arians, referring to Arizona's starting job. "I'm open to anything once you win it." Arians is planning on a truly merit-based backfield distribution, and stopped short Tuesday when given an opportunity to anoint Andre Ellington the Cardinals' starter. The Cardinals also got SPARQy third-round pick David Johnson back into the mix at Tuesday's practice. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Cowboys to use RBBC method?
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram continues to refer to the Cowboys' backfield as a "running back by committee."

    Advice: Beat writer Charean Williams indicates the Cowboys have resisted making meaningful running back additions because they want to give the Joseph Randle-Darren McFadden-Lance Dunbar triumvirate every opportunity to succeed. Team observers have projected Randle to handle 15 touches per game, McFadden to handle ten touches per game, and Dunbar to see 5-8 per game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
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